Northeast snowstorm leaves tens of thousands without power
Snow slows traffic Friday morning in New Hampshire. More than 20,000 customers reportedly were without power in the state.
April 1st, 2011
10:43 AM ET

Northeast snowstorm leaves tens of thousands without power

An April Fools' Day winter storm roared into the Northeast on Friday, coating highways, closing schools and leaving tens of thousands without power.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for areas of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Some areas could get more than a foot of snow, forecasters said. Much of the snow was expected to be wet and heavy, the kind that can bring down power lines, the weather service said.

It didn't take long for that prediction to come true. More than 20,000 customers were without power in Massachusetts by midmorning Friday, according to The Boston Globe. A similar number were without power in New Hampshire, according to CNN affiliate WMUR-TV in Manchester.

WMUR reported that 560 schools were closed in New Hampshire because of the weather.

As the storm approached Thursday, Central Maine Power Co. warned that it could be the worst in a series of storms that have battered the area this winter, CNN affiliate WGME-TV in Portland reported, because the spring thaw has loosened the ground, making it easier for trees to fall. The utility had 400 workers on standby to deal with weather emergencies, WGME reported.

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  1. Pete

    Why is it snowing down there and not here in alaska

    April 1, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • The Masked Avenger

      Because Alaska is a really big place and you can't see all of it.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • ArmyDotCom

      Cause yawl can see Russia from there!

      April 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh

      It's actually warm here in southwest. It jumped 10 degrees in one week so far.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • mpouxesas

      it is because Sarah left the state for good...

      April 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      All that hot air created by Palin.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nostradamus

      The Harp Weapon!

      April 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cnn Comment

      Because your governor quit and now she's running wild with her mouth saying the most stupid things imaginable.
      She's the best thing a democrat could hope for...she is making all republicans look like idiots!
      That's why it's snowing down here.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • petey

      Haha I have power

      April 1, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Because Sara Palin doesen't like snow and there no way mother nature is going to tangle with that stupid Beeaach

      April 2, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. educatedguess

    and new england doesn't need lights at night, as the snow glows.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. The Masked Avenger

    This just in, snow in winter proves global warming. Details at 11.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Peterpark12

      This just in. It's spring, not winter!

      April 1, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • robinsondb

      Yeah, get your seasons right...this is spring..but it sure looks like winter in a lot of places...oh but global warming is just bogus right????????????

      April 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • unknown

      Don't worry....I got the joke. Unlike some people ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

      April 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. J

    Glad I live in sunny Florida!!!!

    April 1, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sutler

      But, unlike those other states getting hammered with snow, we are stuck with Rick Scott as a governor...So, in a sense we are still screwed.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      It wasn't too sunny where those storms bowled buildings over. Not to mention tornadoes...
      And getting the wet embrace of seasonal hurricanes.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • noshoes

      Glad to be in FL? Get back to us when hurricane season starts.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • robinsondb

      Yeah, gotta love those winds so strong they bring down buildings on people... You guys usually breath water not air..great place to live.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • fineart

      Believe me, it won't be sunny and warm too much longer. Your going to get your share of this global warming.

      April 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. J

    82 for the high today

    April 1, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Sandy

    72 here in Denver, 78 tomorrow!!

    April 1, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Marc

    Sunny going to be 84 with 90% humidity here in Houston Tx. Use to live in N.E. don't miss those snowy days

    April 1, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • robinsondb

      don't miss that humidity.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ultraman

    Nuclear winter?

    April 1, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Pavarti Wasatch

    It's all George W. Bush's fault!

    April 1, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. eeee

    Its climate change proven over and over

    April 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Phil McCracken

    Where' Al Gore when you need him?

    April 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • unknown

      probably out looking for ManBearPig

      April 2, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fred

    GLOBAL WARNING everyone– how can you NOT understand this? adverse weather conditions everywhere you look...get smart people and strat caring about your MOTHER!

    April 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • The Masked Avenger

      I care more about that witch Oil. Burn the witch!

      April 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ally

      I'm not interested in getting into the climate change debate here. But I do want to point out that strong snow storms are quite common in New England even through mid April. This particular event is not adverse in any way.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama The Munificent (Praise Be Upon Him)

      Oil is BAD, m'kay?... People who use oil are BAD, m'kay?

      April 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • robinsondb

      Too bad more people can't seem to grasp this fact.... You are so right on.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimi

      my strat cares about my mother. Fall, mountain; just don't fall on me.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Camarillo Brillo

      Weasels Ripped My Flesh

      April 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tele Savalas

      Personally, I play a Telecaster, but if I did own a Strat, it would care about your mother... and maybe your sister too!

      April 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hugh G. Rection

    AL WHO?

    April 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Martymontreal

    Funny.... I'm. In Montreal, Canada, North of all these states and it's warm and sunny here without a single flake of snow... This Winter's weather has been completely Wonky!!!

    April 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. lolita

    thats why I love las vegas. lol

    April 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • woundgirl in Vegas

      yep! :) VEGAS ROCKS with the weather dude....thats why I moved her from Pittsburgh PA because of that stuff .....hum...oh a.....Oh Yeah its called if I want it I can see it up on Mt Charleston or go see it then drive away and down the mountain into 70+ degrees. Temp today 90 oh yeah no humidity !

      April 1, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
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